William Maxwell in the US

  1. #12,432 Kathleen Allen
  2. #12,433 Rachel King
  3. #12,434 Robert Carey
  4. #12,435 Terry Campbell
  5. #12,436 William Maxwell
  6. #12,437 Annie Thomas
  7. #12,438 John Lamb
  8. #12,439 Kathy Young
  9. #12,440 Kenneth Perry
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Meaning & Origins

Probably the most successful of all the Old French names of Germanic origin that were introduced to England by the Normans. It is derived from Germanic wil ‘will, desire’ + helm ‘helmet, protection’. The fact that it was borne by the Conqueror himself does not seem to have inhibited its favour with the ‘conquered’ population: in the first century after the Conquest it was the commonest male name of all, and not only among the Normans. In the later Middle Ages it was overtaken by John, but continued to run second to that name until the 20th century, when the picture became more fragmented.
6th in the U.S.
Scottish: habitational name from a place near Melrose in Roxburghshire. The place name is first recorded in 1144 in the form Mackeswell ‘Mack's spring or stream (Old English well(a))’.
455th in the U.S.

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